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England scrumhalf Care arrested after night out

Updated: December 13, 2011, 08:12

LONDON(AP) England's attempts to enforce stricter discipline on its players in the wake of its ill-fated World Cup campaign may already have been undermined by Danny Care's arrest and fine for being drunk and disorderly.

The 24-year-old scrumhalf was arrested early on Saturday after drinking with his teammates from English club Harlequins, shortly after a 21-10 loss to Toulouse in a group match of the Heineken Cup.

Care was released by police after paying a fine of 80 pounds ($125).

"It was a silly thing to do - I accept that and apologize completely,'' Care said in a statement.

Care's indiscretion may not have gone down well with interim England coach Stuart Lancaster, who has vowed to rid the national team of the off-the-field indiscipline that marred its recent World Cup in New Zealand.

The tournament turned into a PR disaster for England, with vice captain Mike Tindall disciplined for his drunken behavior in an infamous Queenstown drinking session with other teammates, before three players were reprimanded for allegedly making sexist comments to a hotel worker in Dunedin.

"Little things to me are important. Things like being on time and being courteous at all times,'' Lancaster said last week, after being named the temporary England coach for the 2012 Six Nations.

Care, England's second-choice scrumhalf behind Ben Youngs, missed the World Cup because of injury.

"I should have remembered that as a professional player, I am on duty throughout the season and need to set a better example to fans,'' said Care, who has won 24 caps for England.

"I totally accept the police fine and am glad there is no further action on that front.''

Harlequins, which leads the English league after winning its first 10 games, is investigating the incident.

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